After being recorded along with the rest of the group walking into the holding room, I sat there for around 5 hours. During that time, while feeling disappointed in my "front of the line" pass, I saw many of the acts warming up and getting ready for their auditions. The five hours waiting for my number to to be called were a mass of singers and their scales, guitarists and their chords and the other performers and their props.
I also spent that time working on breaking in my deck of cards. It's funny, but for me there is a perfect amount of broken in as far as cards are concerned. When they are brand new they are very slippery and tend to slide all over the place, and after being used for a while they get sticky and hard to spread. I kept working with them to get them right in the sweet spot while I was still trying to decide between two tricks to audition with. I must have changed my mind 15 to 20 times in the five hours I waited in that room.
Finally my number was called and I was ushered into a room adjacent to the holding room. At that point we were split into singers and non-singers. I couldn't help thinking at that point how much time I could have saved if they had made this division from the very beginning. We were brought up to a corridor with several rooms on either side and told to wait as the producers we were to audition for were on their break. When they came back I was called in first.
Even though I had pretty much made up my mind, I was still deciding what magic trick I was going to audition with when I started my routine and asked one of the producers to select a card. They both immediately started gesturing to the other. At that point I knew that I had made the right choice on which magic trick to perform since the other choice I was considering had a lot of interaction with the spectator and I was getting the impression that both of these ladies wanted to do as little as possible. I did my magic for them, even getting a laugh out of one of the ladies watching. I answered a few more questions and was told they'd contact me by March if I made it to the next audition.
Overall I wouldn't say that the experience was one I'd like to have over, but maybe it'll all be worth when you see my act on television next year!